11.10.17. Birdlog.

I’m taking advantage of the light after work but it did help when he sun dropped below the thickening westerly rain cloud.

There were 14 Ruff on No.6 tank and these were soon joined by another 35 which flew in from No.3 tank. Also present was a flock of c300 Black-tailed Godwit with a smaller flock of Lapwing. Over on the mitigation pools were 67 Curlew, a species which have declined remarkably here over the last couple of years. There were 6 Grey Heron and a Little Egret keeping the waders on their toes.

Ducks as expected considering the high water level on the sludge tank were in big numbers. A return of 3 Pintail was interesting and Shoveler reached an impressive c300 birds. Common Teal numbers are steadily climbing with c500 present this evening with 46 Tufted Duck, 23 Mallard, 24 Gadwall, 12 Common Shelduck and 11 Mute Swan.

Gulls flooded onto the tank this evening with 700 Black-headed, 120 Common (including the dark-headed bird from yesterday), 34 Lesser Black-backed & 4 Great Black-backed and 3 Herring Gull.

Birds of prey featured 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk and a couple of Marsh Harrier.

Other species worthy of note were a couple of Stonechat another pair of Stonechat were at Marsh Farm.

Observer: WSM.

Image by Paul Ralston.